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Chvrches help WaterAid transform lives with new limited-edition water bottle

14 Jul 2016

Glaswegian band Chvrches are supporting WaterAid to help transform lives with clean water by selling limited edition reusable water bottles.

WaterAid were delighted when Chvrches came to visit one of our water kiosks at Glastonbury Festival to hand out clean water refills, now the band’s very own water bottles will go on sale for the first time online as they perform at this weekend’s Latitude Festival in Southwold, Suffolk.

The bottles will also be available to buy during all of their upcoming gigs, with a portion of the money raised from the sale of the bottles going to WaterAid.

Lauren from Chvrches with WaterAid volunteers and the limited-edition Chvrches reusable bottle at Glastonbury Festival. Lauren from Chvrches with WaterAid volunteers and the limited-edition Chvrches reusable bottle at Glastonbury Festival.

Lauren Mayberry, the band's lead singer, says she hopes the reusable water bottles will help cut down on plastic as well as helping to transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people with access to clean, safe water.

“The idea for these water bottles started on tour after we became increasingly aware of the amount of plastic water bottles we were using. We decided we had to change this,” said Lauren.

“At first we thought it would be nice to get them for us and our crew, then we decided to expand that design into our merchandise range in order to promote the importance of recycling, reusing and sustainability to our fan base as well.

"We're so happy that a portion of the proceeds from the sales will be going to WaterAid because now, when people buy the bottles, they will be helping the environment and helping to bring clean water to people around the world. By getting involved, no matter how little or large the action is we're all helping to make a difference."

Globally 650 million people worldwide don’t have safe water to drink and one in three people do not have access to a toilet. Nearly 315,000 children under five die each year of diarrhoeal diseases related to the lack of these basic rights.

“It’s great to see Chvrches supporting WaterAid in a way that’s not only innovative but environmentally friendly too," says Lucy Cover, WaterAid's Special Events Project Manager.

"Globally, one in ten people are still living without clean water. Just £15 can help provide one person with access to safe water so the money raised through the sale of these water bottles will really make a difference.”

The water bottles cost £15 each and are available to buy on the Chvrches website >

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For more information or to arrange interviews please contact Laura Crowley, Senior Media Officer , on LauraCrowley@wateraid.org or 0207 793 4965, or Rosie Stewart, Senior Media Officer, on RosieStewart@wateraid.org or 0207 793 4943.

Or call our after-hours press line on 07887 521 552 or email pressoffice@wateraid.org.

Notes to editors: about WaterAid

WaterAid's vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with sanitation.

  • Around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s nearly 900 children each day, or one child every two minutes.
  • Over 650 million people (around one in ten) are without safe water
  • Over 2.3 billion people (around one in three) live without improved sanitation
  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
  • Just £15 can help provide one person with access to safe water.